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Meaning of the Hadith ‘I was assisted through fear’

Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “I have been made successful through terror.” Sahih Bukhari

Is the reference and the translation correct?


Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith. The reference is therefore correct.

Imam Muslim (rahimahullah) has also recorded this Hadith.

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 335-438, Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 521)

A better and more accurate translation would be “I was assisted through fear.”

This Hadith means that Allah Ta’ala placed fear of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) into the hearts of his enemy who were up to a distance of a month’s journey away. Even if he were to set out alone without an army, they would still be afraid of him due to his awe that was divinely put into the enemy.

(Fathul Bari, Hadith: 335)

See the full Hadith here.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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